Founded by Shri Tribhuvandas Patel, the Founder Chairman of Amul in July 1975, Tribhuvandas Foundation is an “Integrated Rural Health & Development Programme” of Amul which is inspired by the great success of round the clock health care services to the livestock of dairy farmers of Kaira. When he learnt about the experiences of the afflictions of the rural population due to lack of health care services in the villages of erstwhile Kaira district, he strongly felt the need to have health care services for the rural populace. On his retirement, he donated the prize money of his “Ramon Magagsasy Award” and the fund he received from Kaira farmers for his life time service to them and set up this Foundation. Dr Verghese Kurien also played an active role in the initiation of this programme.
Tribhuvandas Foundation was registered as a Charitable Trust under the Public Trust Act 1950, in July 1975. It derives its uniqueness from the fact that it is a need-based programme for villagers and is run by the villagers themselves. It fulfills the basic health care needs of the villages. Apart from providing primary treatment for various common ailments, it is also actively involved in promoting preventive health practices. It is headquartered at Anand with sub-centers spread over the districts Anand and Kheda. It has a dedicated team of Medical Officers, Nurses, Administrative Staff and Village Health Workers. Today, Tribhuvandas Foundation is one of the Asia’s Largest Community Health Care Service Providers that covers more than 834 villages.
- The Foundation has been a recipient of the First Prize for the “Best Efforts in Family Welfare in the Voluntary Sector” from the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India in 1993.
- The Foundation has been identified by Government of Gujarat to provide training inputs to members of Village Health and Sanitation Committees of Village Panchayats of all the villages of Umreth, Anklav and Anand Talukas of Anand District.
- The Foundation has achieved a drastic reduction in percentage of Low Birth Weight in Anand and Kheda districts – birth of babies with below 2.5 kg has been 11% at the end of year 2008-09, while it is 25-30% and even up to 40% in some parts of India and Gujarat.
- ‘Balwadi’, initiated by the Foundation across the rural community led to the initiation and operation of Government-run ‘Anganwadis’.
- In association with Sankara Eye Hospital, the Foundation has helped in performing 6000 surgeries free-of- cost for the vision impaired patients. The efforts are on to organize the camps for detection and improvement of vision of the rural people.
- The Foundation has also created a strong platform for organized training of rural women on appliqué/handicrafts where the additional income is generated for them by selling their works.